Alvarez was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk following Monday's win against the Rockies, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports. This move will allow the Orioles to add Hyun Soo Kim (hamstring) back to the 25-man roster Tuesday. Alvarez went 1-for-3 in Monday's game, just his second MLB appearance of 2016.
Alvarez was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday. With Joey Rickard (thumb) landing on the DL, Alvarez was brought up for his second stint with the big club this season. His first stint lasted all of two days, and while Alvarez has hit at a .280 clip at Norfolk this year, it's about as empty a .280 average as one sees (.315 OBP, four homers, three steals). He figures to receive only sporadic opportunities.
Alvarez is in Baltimore and will be recalled Friday if Joey Rickard (thumb) goes on the disabled list, MASN Sports reports. The Orioles are awaiting the results of Rickard's MRI and Alvarez will seize the roster spot if necessary. Hyun Soo Kim figures to be activated next week, which could mean Alvarez's stay is brief. Alvarez has been a doubles machine at Triple-A this season, racking up 26 two-baggers in 93 games. He has just four home runs after hitting 16 homers at Triple-A last season.
Alvarez was optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk after Wednesday's game. He made one pinch hit appearance Wednesday, but otherwise did not contribute in a brief stay after getting called up Monday. He will return to serving as organizational outfield depth at the Triple-A level.
Alvarez was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday. Alvarez was in contention for an extra outfielder spot on the Opening Day roster, but he was ultimately done in by a poor spring in which he hit just .182. The 27-year-old will now head back to the minors, but he figures to get another shot in the big leagues at some point in 2016.